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QUITO TO RIOBAMBA

$110 USD $99 USD

Paloma Pass is the best way for going from Quito to Riobamba. Discover some of the highlands’ most dramatic scenery and their fascinating indigenous communities, with tonnes of opportunities for adrenaline-filled adventures and an exhilarating trip aboard the world-famous Devil’s Nose Train.

 

  

Description

Once you’ve booked, you can reschedule your itinerary anytime. All changes are free and immediate.

What’s included in this trip:

  • 4 activities included
  • Hotel and hostel pick up in Quito
  • Visit a traditional family farm and enjoy a free breakfast on the Quito – Baños route
  • Walk around Limpiopungo Lake in Cotopaxi National Park and get the best views of Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Guidance at Quilotoa Crater with a light hike to the best viewpoints of the turquoise lake
  • Gaze at the first church in Ecuador in Colta and learn about Ecuador’s history

We always include:

  • English/Spanish-speaking guide during the full tour
  • Comfortable, safe buses with excellent drivers
  • Meet locals, visit communities, and learn the culture

Hop-off points you can explore on your own:

  • Quito: Experience this UNESCO Heritage site, visit the equator at the Middle of the World, and ride the TeleferiQo
  • Cotopaxi: After your hike inside this national park with Wanderbus, hop off here to hike up the volcano, take a horseback ride, or explore the beautiful town of Machachi.
  • Quilotoa: After exploring Quilotoa with your Wanderbus guide, hop off here to hike around or inside the crater and spend the night!
  • Baños: Raft, bike, bungee, relax in thermal baths, swing off the edge of the world, and visit famous waterfalls
  • Riobamba: Explore local culture and mountain climbing at Chimborazo Volcano
 

Recommended Full Itinerary from Quito to Riobamba

Remember, this itinerary is just our suggestion – you can hop on and hop off at any of our stops, extending your trip for as long as you like!.

Paloma pass altitude map

Day 1: Quito to Baños

Departure days: Every day except Sunday

Pick up points and times

Point 1: Plaza Belmonte 6:00 am. View map
Point 2: Plaza Foch 6:20 am. View map
Hostel and Hotel Pick-Ups in Quito. See list of options.

TimeActivity
06:00-06:20Depart from Quito from your selected pick-up point.
08:00Stop for breakfast
09:30Guidance at Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
11:30Depart Cotopaxi
13:00 – 13:45Traditional lunch near Quilotoa
14:15Guidance at Quilotoa. Explore the 3km-wide turquoise volcanic crater lake.
16:15Depart Quilotoa
19:30-20:00Arrive in Baños, home to steaming volcanoes, explosive waterfalls and hot thermal springs.

Day 2

FREE DAY to take a guided bike tour from La Casa del Arbol swing (selfie stick at the ready!) to the awesome Devil’s Cauldron waterfall.

Day 3

FREE DAY to explore the subtropical town, rafting in jungle ravines, bungee jumping into the valley, spotting exotic birds, hiking in the foothills of the active Tungurahua volcano and finishing the day soaking in steaming hot springs.

Day 4: Baños to Riobamba

Departure Days: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Pick up points and times

Point 1: Parque la basílica 6:30 am. View map

TimeActivity
06:30Depart from Baños from your selected pick-up point.
09:3015-minute stop at Balbanera church for photos.
10:00Arrive in Riobamba.

Notes

Bear in mind that, due to our bus schedules, you may need to add one extra day to our recommended itineraries at some stops before continuing your trip. It all depends on the day of the week. Please check our Timetables and Planning Guide.

If you want to do the Quilotoa loop, add three to four days to your itinerary.

In Riobamba, our first town stop depends on which day the market is. Tuesday: Riobamba hornado market Thursday: Guamote Saturday: Riobamba fair.

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